The South African government’s offer to raise salaries for state workers will cost 8.1 billion rand ($982 million) more than was allocated in the annual budget, the South African Press Association reported, citing Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

The government offered to boost state workers’ pay by 6.5 percent and other benefits by 2.5 percent. The budget, released in February, provided for 5 percent increases, while unions are demanding 8 percent.

(SAPA corrects amount of additional expenditure in first paragraph.)
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